Newcastle United are reportedly still keen on bringing Fulham’s Tom Cairney to St James’ Park, according to the Daily Mail.

Rafael Benitez allegedly made inquiries about bringing the 26-year-old to the the north-east in January, however the Londoners were reluctant to sell their star player.

The midfielder has been in impressive form for the Cottagers in recent months, earning himself a call-up to the Scotland team.

A man-of-the-match performance against the Toon has done nothing but confirm why Benitez is so interested in him, a game in which Cairney opened the scoring in a 3-1 defeat for the Magpies.

The Spaniard sees the Scotsman as an ideal fit for his squad next season, where he could be playing his football in the Premier League.

Benitez is believed to think his side have become over-reliant on Jonjo Shelvey and sees Cairney as an alternative option when attacking opposition goals.

Newcastle are not thought to be the only potential club he could find himself end up at come the summer, with Fulham reportedly prepared to accept bids in the region of around £12 million.

Cairney moved to the West London side two years ago from Blackburn Rovers for approximately £3.5m, with the midfielder having an impressive season so far.

He has currently netted nine goals and assisted a further 10 in the Championship this campaign, helping guide Fulham to within a point of the play-offs.

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